The Way We Were

Jan. 13, 1921

Richard Suratt, who went to New York City some time ago to oversee the coloring of the films he had sent in from here, returned to Wrangell on the steamer Seattle on Friday. Mr. Suratt reports that the great Metropolis is very quiet at this present time.

Jan. 11, 1946

Opening of the Mildred Pierce Shoppe, a ladies’ and children’s apparel and men’s and boys’ clothing shop, is announced this week by Mrs. Mildred Pierce and her son, Bob Ferguson, owners. The store, formerly the Wee Moderns Shop, owned by Mrs. Harold Maki, is already open for business and Mr. Ferguson is leaving this week to go south on a buying trip. Mrs. Pierce formerly operated a dressmaking business here and is well known for her fine work. She has had a wide experience in the dressmaking and tailoring business, having been employed in that line for many years in leading shops in the south. Present location of the shoppe will be enlarged to accommodate the added stock which Mrs. Pierce and Mr. Ferguson expect to carry.

Jan. 14, 1971

Lt. Gary Souders of the Salvation Army is some kind of man. He’s working 40 hours a week at Alaska Airlines, hefting baggage on and off Gooses and Otters. The money he earns goes into the Salvation Army operation here. “I have to do it,“ explained Souders, who has been in Wrangell since January 1970, and has gained the praise of his superiors for a good job, especially among youth. “We don’t get enough donations to operate otherwise,” he said of his contribution.

Jan. 18, 1996

The purchase of the Wrangell Sentinel by former owner Larry Persily is complete and Mike Hinman, a University of Alaska Anchorage journalism student, has been hired as a temporary reporter of the Sentinel. The sale of the Sentinel was approved Jan. 15 by a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge in Boise, Idaho. Persily had been leasing the newspaper since Dec. 15, pending final court approval of the sale. The Sentinel continued to publish while tangled up in bankruptcy, which started when owners Alvin Bunch and Ann Kirkwood filed for liquidation after they had tried to operate the Sentinel from their new home in Idaho. Seanne Saunders, a former Sentinel employee, has signed on to keep the office open, handling billing, subscription, advertising and printing orders. Bunch and Kirkwood had owned the paper since fall 1984.


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